Types of Alternative Energy STEM Products for Schools
These STEM kits offer a variety of alternative energy options to engage students in learning more about how these renewable resources work.
Solar - Light and heat from the sun can be harnessed by solar power to generate electricity, run motors, heat water, cook food, and more. Related educational toys include racers, robots, wind turbines, and solar cells for model houses.
Wind - For centuries, wind has been used in sails, windmills, and windpumps. Today it is often used with wind turbines to generate electricity. Several alternative energy STEM kits feature wind-powered devices.
Air - One special educational toy uses compressed air to power a race car that students build from a kit. Take them outside and race against each other to learn more about aerodynamics and alternative energy.
Popular Brands in Alternative Energy STEM Toys
Thames & Kosmos - At the start, the mission of Thames & Kosmos was to create stimulating, effective, relevant, and fun science education materials. Over 20 years it has expanded into creating educational toys and games that engage students through authentic learning experiences and hands-on exploration.
OWI Inc. - Solar-powered toys that children build themselves bridge the gap between content knowledge and engaged learning. Since 2009, OWI has developed several educational solar kits that use natural sunlight or halogen lamps to power small vehicles. They also offer kits to help students understand hydraulic, pneumatic, air power, and kinetic power.
Elenco - For many students, they learn best by doing, which is exactly the mindset Elenco was founded on. For over 50 years they’ve provided educational institutions with kits and products that teach the basics of electronics and engineering.
Osmo - As technology becomes more ingrained in everyday life, many parents are missing the benefits of real-world, hands-on play for their children. In just 10 years, Osmo has become an award-winning maker of fun yet educational STEM toys and has a presence in over 30,000 schools worldwide.
PicoSolutions - With a line dedicated solely to STEM products for schools, PicoSolutions offers alternative energy kits including wind turbines, solar kits, hydro turbines, and other STEM subjects. Their base in 3D printing allows them to quickly develop new products and get customer feedback to ensure success in classrooms nationwide.